So far we’ve mentioned cross-referencing, quoting scholars and meandering in part 1, then apologizing and illustrations in part 2. Now, let’s finish this list of seven quick fixes with part 3 of the list:
6. Stop trying to be funny.
To put it bluntly, either you are funny or you are not funny. But trying to be funny is not funny. It is annoying. That is not to say there can be no humour in our preaching, but let it be more natural. Unless you are a great joke teller, don’t invest minutes of a sermon in telling a joke. Trying to entertain or seek approval by laughs is not fulfilling your role as a preacher. Instead let your demeanor be saturated with genuine gospel joy and enthusiasm that comes from living in the text you are preaching and walking closely with God. It will be more sincere and people will appreciate it more. If they want stand-up comedy then the internet is replete, ready and waiting.
7. Stop scratching at your passage.
Ok, this is probably not a quick fix, but it is significant. A lot of preaching barely scratches the surface of the preaching text. No matter how much you add careful illustration and clear structure, you can’t overcome the lack of biblical rootedness in this kind of preaching. Instead of adding filler, or jumping around the canon, or whatever else you might do, dig down into the text you are preaching and make sure the message has the fingerprints of this specific passage all over it.
That was quite a random list, but maybe one of two of these quick fixes fit for you? Feel free to comment with other things you have tweaked that helped you, or what you need to do next!